Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Peru
  • hat, late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: between Cusco and Puno, Peru
  • metal fiber, wool, cotton, ribbon, plant fiber, dyeing, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 53 x 33 x 6 cm length includes pleated ribbon
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 20 7/8 x 13 x 2 3/8 in length includes pleated ribbon
  • Gift of Julian Holtzman
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6692

The shallow rectangular hat is made with an armature of basketry that is fully covered. The corners and sides of the rectangle are rounded and there appears to be a circular hole in the center of the armature, though it is covered so it is not a hole in the hat. The short edges of the rectangle are decorated with a pleated ribbon with a light colored field and embroidered with red, light purple, light blue, white, grey, and field colored flowers and leaves. There are three bands of ribbon with silver colored metal woven throughout across the top in the long axis. There are two bands of ribbon with a purple field, red and pink flowers, blue flowers and light green and brown leaves. There are two different brocade-like fabrics on the remainder of the top. Each has a light colored field with a green leaf design and red, dark green, and pink detail. The underside of the hat has an unbleached cotton circle in the center where it rests on top of the head. There is a bright green wool circle around the cotton and the remainder of the underside is bright pink. It has one blue ribbon tie, fixed at both ends and knotted in the middle. The ribbon is decorated with pink flowers and dark purple butterflies.